This outstanding tinted-lithograph folding map of Cuba, with a sorted history, is framed by a pictorial border of 16 vignettes that reflect the wealth of mid-nineteenth century Cuba. There is a detailed distance table. The surrounding vignettes of towns, sugarcane fields, ports, cock fighting rings and other then relevant views include some of the most important early reflections produced by its first lithographer, P. T. F. Mialhe. And then Bernardo May, a Havana merchant, basically and scandalously to some, had the map reissued from Germany, then a seat of map-making, selling it subsequently at a somewhat lower price in Cuba. While this might seem as a clear case of plagarism if not copyright violation, May did win his case in court at the end, on a technicality. This is May's map.
1850 May Map of Cuba with Vignettes of Cuban Life
Mapa Historico Pintoresco Moderno de la Isla de Cuba
Map Maker Specifics
B. May, 1850, Germany
16.5 x 22.5 in. and the map itself is 9.5 x 13.5 in.
Very Good. Some seam splitting at folds, otherwise sharp clean image with very small age toning.